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2071  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 21, 2010, 03:24:48 PM
I know this is the "Fucking JRPGs" thread, but, man, am I getting tired of the constant FF ragging going on around here lately. It's like if you want to be cool, you have to HATE SquareEnix/Final Fantasy.
Now, I've barely even played FFXIII(maybe 4 hours in), but I like it well enough so far.
Previous to that, I recall enjoying pretty much every single FF game I played. I thought FFXII was fantastic, minus some nitpicks. I may not enjoy them as much nowadays, but that doesn't matter, as I don't replay games.
Some of you people seem impossible to please. They're freakin' video games. Sure, my tastes have changed a bit over the years, and I now gravitate more towards Western style games, but come ON.
If you hate it so much, why talk about it over and over and over again? The constant negativity really is getting tiresome.




No one is hating on Square Enix/Final Fantasy. The only thing I have read is people think the plot/characters have been lackluster and that SE can do better, because they have in the past.
We get it, you love Final Fantasy. People like Dice and Thoren already stated why they "hate" on Final Fantasy and they have pretty valid reasons, others think so too. Instead of saying everyone is hating on the games just to be cool, try telling us why the games are so fantastic.
You just seem like those people that blindly love Final Fantasy for the reason of it being Final Fantasy.

I don't "love" Final Fantasy. It just seems to me that some people play games looking for things to complain about. I probably would have made this post even if it was a different series getting harped on. It's just the constant "FF___ sucks" that's getting on my nerves.
My game time is very limited nowadays. I play games to be entertained and have fun.
I agree with Kevadu:
You know, if it wasn't for forums like this I wouldn't even know about the not opening chests thing.  I never consult guides and things my first time through a game unless I really am stuck.  Just play it normally and enjoy it.
I also agree with Mr. Thunderbrews post:

The setting up gambits part was what I liked. I mean, that pretty much was the gameplay right? Setting up the gambits for whatever you were trying to accomplish at the time. I'm definitely not in the camp that needs to press "Fight" 100 times, I like the streamlining that the FF series are going for, even if the execution is pretty damn far from perfect. Your point about the watching Friends reruns while running around for example is well taken - if you're going to streamline the combat process with things like gambits (good idea), why do I still need to grind at all (bad idea). Pick a theme and stick with it.

But I thought the boss fights were very fun, trying to tweak your gambits correctly and maximize damage and such I actually did enjoy, especially trying to get things just right for some of the hidden bosses.

There is really nothing I can say to defend the plot - it's pretty silly. But again I'm definitely the gaming type that is more than willing to overlook a dumb plot if I'm enjoying the gameplay itself. There's exceptions that cut both ways on that obviously - a superb story + terrible gameplay, well, I'll suffer through the game if I simply must know what happens next.

But given the option I'll take superb gameplay with horrible plot every time.

-Max Thunderbrew

I'm long past caring about plot lines or characters in video games. There are all sorts of great books and movies for that.
Gameplay is key. Make it simple and fun, and I'm there. Pretty graphics and a great soundtrack also help.

2072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 21, 2010, 12:20:25 PM
I know this is the "Fucking JRPGs" thread, but, man, am I getting tired of the constant FF ragging going on around here lately. It's like if you want to be cool, you have to HATE SquareEnix/Final Fantasy.
Now, I've barely even played FFXIII(maybe 4 hours in), but I like it well enough so far.
Previous to that, I recall enjoying pretty much every single FF game I played. I thought FFXII was fantastic, minus some nitpicks. I may not enjoy them as much nowadays, but that doesn't matter, as I don't replay games.
Some of you people seem impossible to please. They're freakin' video games. Sure, my tastes have changed a bit over the years, and I now gravitate more towards Western style games, but come ON.
If you hate it so much, why talk about it over and over and over again? The constant negativity really is getting tiresome.



2073  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is the Playstation 3 worth getting? on: September 20, 2010, 10:37:49 AM
The only games I'm really considering are the following:

Trinity Universe
Cross Edge
Ar tonelico 3
and the announced or yet to be announced Persona game.

I'm just wondering if those are enough. I'm getting a bit tired of only coming across 5- 7 worthwhile games. That's why I'm so hesitant.



You have a peculiar taste in games man, I won't even risk giving you suggestions. The PS3 has exclusives to justify the purchase (more than any other actually imo) but I really don't know what to recommend. Maybe a DS (or a 3DS) would be more down your alley?
Thats what I was thinking CD...
I got a PS3 so I could play the following:

Valkyria Chronicles
God Of War III
Uncharted 1 & 2
The Last Guardian(when it comes out)
Wipeout HD
MGS4
FFXIII(didn't want to play it on the 360)
Plus a few more. I've been more than happy with my purchase.

edit: Oh, yeah. It's also a great Blu-Ray player. Bonus!
2074  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 20, 2010, 10:27:36 AM
Metroid: Other M - 5 or 6 hours in now. Fought some really cool Lava boss. The challenge is just right in this game. A boss, or a certain scenario, can seem hard at first, and cause me to die several times, but I don't get frustrated at all. I start right back up and give it another try, eventually getting past whatever it was.
I still don't like the upgrade system, or the other soldiers, but those are minor nitpicks. The game really is fun so far.

I finally picked up Bayonetta, so I'll be playing that after I'm done with (your)MOM.
2075  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tokyo Game Show 2010 on: September 17, 2010, 10:02:41 AM
Unlike most of you, I have zero interest in updated Ico/SoTC. I loved those games, but have already moved on. There are way too many games that I have yet to play this gen(Bayonetta, Uncharted 2, Darksiders, etc etc etc). No way I'm playing something a second time around.
Plus we have next month with Lord of Shadows and Vanquish coming out. Ugh.
I never got the Gran Turismo love. I have no interest in realistic racing games. I'm all about the Wipeout and F-Zero type racers.
2076  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: September 17, 2010, 09:55:44 AM
Hell yeah! This almost upon us isn't it? Oct. 5th right? The trailers look good. I don't have high hopes for the music, though. Expecting generic "hollywoodized" stuff.
My expectations are tempered. I expect it to be a 7 or 8 of a game. We'll see.
2077  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection coming to PS3 Spring 2011 on: September 17, 2010, 09:49:25 AM
Already got them on PS2.

Will NOT be re-buying on disc.
Fixed
I loved these games, but have no interest in playing them again. Too many good games out there I have yet to play.

2078  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: New Devil May Cry, bitches. on: September 17, 2010, 09:45:16 AM
I love me some Devil May Cry. Heck, I even had a lot fun with 4. His new design I do not like, but it really does come down to gameplay. If it's a blast to play, I'll get over it.
*public service announcement*
Smoking stinks
2079  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys Seven on: September 12, 2010, 03:16:52 PM
For some reason I thought you had to do it through the PS3. You can just run component cables right from the psp to the tv? nice. That makes it easier.
Staring at a handheld for anything longer than 15 minutes or so hurts my neck. I prefer to be comfortable while gaming.

2080  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys Seven on: September 11, 2010, 09:10:25 PM
I love Ys.
I don't have a psp.
I am seriously considering buying a psp so i can play these Ys games(plus a few others).
Thing is, I will probably only play it with it hooked up to my PS3 so I can play on the tv.
Getting to my point now...
How do psp games look when blown up on an HD tv?  terrible? OK? Still playable?
2081  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metroid: Other M on: September 10, 2010, 03:07:27 PM
I'm really loving this game. I'm probably about 10 hours in, closing on the end, and I'm absolutely taken by it now. It took a long time to build and sink in. It feels a lot bigger and more epic than it did when I first started. I realized something... I've always been comparing it to Metroid Prime 1, one of my favorite games ever made. But when I think about it, Prime 2 and 3 just left me feeling empty and cold. Other M doesn't, it's grabbed me. Is it as good as Prime 1, certainly not, but it's far more engaging than Prime 2 and 3.

It does have its flaws. The upgrades are really standard and predictable, it feels like the developers just did the bear minimum in order to have an intact metroid game. The music is incredibly boring. This was my problem with Prime 2 and 3 as well. Super Metroid and Metroid Prime had great TUNES... lots of catchy melodies amongst swirling ambiance. Ever since the first Metroid Prime, though, the music has become completely background-oriented, with no melody to speak of, usually no beat either, just long drones. I was really hoping they would bring back the melodic stuff like Phendrana or Norfair Depths, but there's nothing to be found. I have other gripes as well, but for the most part, I'm coping fine. I actually really quite like the story and acting, not sure what everyone's problem is.

I'm totally with you on the music thing. You may remember my post about the lack of good music in games nowadays. This, being a Metroid game, was one I was hoping would buck the trend. Sadly, it's been nothing but "noise" so far. I'm not that far in, but your comments have verified my fears. Metroid games are known for their music. Don't these developers KNOW that? I swear, it's like they never think about what the gamer him/herself may want. Do they make these games in a freakin' bubble?
<---frustrated
2082  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 09, 2010, 04:14:38 PM
So I borrowed mass effect from my brother in antecipation of the release of ME2 on the PS3 (fortunately my PC can handle it).
I've been itching to get into this franchise but not being able to play ME2 kept me away from it untill now.
Anyway, this game is definitely all about the story, characters and setting. I think the gameplay is pretty weak, but the story definitely grabbed my interest and I can't wait to see where it goes. Overall the dialogue is great and there are great choices that are very different from each other whenever you have to answer something, I'm really impressed with the setting and the story. I'm glad these aspects of the game are so good because the gameplay really doesn't hold up as far as I'm concerned, I hope ME2 plays a lot better than this. They have to realize that if they want it to play like a shooter they have to meet certain standards because as we know the bar is pretty high there. I know it's an rpg and the game definitely delivers where it matters most but I don't feel satisfied with the combat, maybe I'll get used to it.

If you're sorely disappointed with Mass Effect's combat then you are going to be super happy when you play Mass Effect 2.  ME is basically an RPG with shooter elements, whereas ME2 is a shooter with RPG elements.  I think that's the best I can sum it up.



I've been hearing that a lot though I do hope that they didn't cut too many rpg elements. All they really had to do was improve the gameplay. Why exactly is 2 less rpg than 1?
You don't spend as much time in menus customizing weapons, armor, etc. It's vastly simplified. I actually preferred it this way, but can understand why stat junkies might miss it. The game is still very much an rpg,though The story and conversations are fantastic. It really IS a better overall experience.

2083  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 09, 2010, 09:14:22 AM
Had to stop playing Other M due to the waggle causing my tendinitis to flare up. Not cool.
I went back to playing Muramasa for now. It's fun.
I also finally ordered  a copy of Bayonetta, so I'll be playing that in a few days as well.
2084  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 08, 2010, 01:44:09 PM
I've been reading the first Elric short story compilation, Stealer of Souls. I am not impressed. I understand how this may have been interesting back when it came out, but now it's just not working for me.
The stories are (understandably, due to the format) rushed and feel incomplete.
Cliches run rampant.
The resolutions all seem to be pulled out of thin air. Oh, look! I can use this plant to make a potion that will make us invulnerable! huh?
Then we have him falling in love with some 17 year old girl and getting married 5 minutes later. WTF?
IMHO, the concept of Elric is far cooler than the actual implementation.

I read through some "great fantasy book" lists yesterday and have decided to read the Coldfire trilogy. Ordered the first book from Amazon.
2085  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 - Shadow Broker DLC on: September 08, 2010, 01:28:55 PM
Thanks for the details!
I bought it new the first day it came out. I never got this Zaeed fellow or the firewalker thing. I did do the Normandy crash site thing.
Sounds like I need to do some catching up.
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